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The Metanoia Minute
Monthly Prayer Requests and Ministry Updates February 2017

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Dear Friend,
February is a special month in my life. It was in February, 1989, that God saved me and changed the course of my life forever.

February 19, 2004 was the day I walked our of the Correctional Training Facility, Soledad, CA after 15.5 years of incarceration. 

February 19, 2009 was the day I was released from parole and my debt to society was fully paid. People from my church helped me celebrate at midnight!

February 1, 2013 is the day that my wife and I got into our two vehicles with our daughters and drove from Los Banos, CA to Chattanooga, TN. 

For many prisoners, February is a special month because it is the shortest. February flies by, putting them one month closer to their release date...

We are thankful that you are receiving this and we hope that you will continue to pray with and for us.
February Travel Schedule 
  • 1-6: Salt Lake City, Utah: Northern California Presbytery Meeting
  • 5: Jordan Valley Church, West Jordan, UT: Ministry Presentation
February Update & Praise  
  • We recently found out that we were awarded a large grant in January. We are thankful and excited about this new partnership.
  • We have a man in California who has agreed to join with Metanoia as our regional representative there!
  • The President of Metanoia's Board of Directors has been asked to consult with the State of Georgia's Department of Corrections regarding best practices for volunteers.
  • God continues to open doors across the State of Georgia regarding the mentoring ministry. If you live in and would like to be involved in your area, please contact me.
  • We praise God for the work He is doing in the prisons across the country. We are thankful to be a small part of the mighty work He is doing.
February Prayer Requests  
  • Please praise God for the growth that He has given to Metanoia and for the impact the gospel is making in the lives of so many.

  • Please pray for the men and women who are involved with Metanoia, whether as students, corresponding disciplers, mentees, mentors, or supporting churches.

  • Please pray for the hire of the man in California. It must be approved by his presbytery, Metanoia's Board, and Mission to North America.

  • Please pray for a seminary solution as we have some students around the county who would benefit greatly from seminary education.

  • Please pray for Shelly as she keeps up the daily work of maintaining the correspondence ministry. 
  • Please pray for Rev. Randy Jackson and the expansion of the mentoring ministry into the State of Georgia. Once again we were told by a high-level Corrections Official that this is the most important component of the faith and character model. Pray that God will raise up the laborers.
  • We have applied for a substantial grant package which will facilitate Metanoia's growth over the next 6 years or so. Please pray that the donor will catch on to our vision and see the amazing work that God is doing in our prisons across the country.
  • Please pray for new financial partners who would like to invest in God's work in the prisons.
  • Please pray that God will help us in finding the right people we need to fill important positions over the course of the next several years.
Watch our Videos or Listen to Interviews
MNA-Metanoia Prison Ministries has been blessed with some videos that were produced by Genesis One Productions, with the help of Christ Covenant Church. Andy Caldwell directed, shot and edited the videos, and I think he did a fantastic job. You can watch the videos here:  Metanoia Video and  Metanoia Video 2 . Please let me know what you think. Also, please visit and watch another video here:

If you would like to listen to an interview by Dan Frye of A Rebel's Cause Radio, you can watch or listen here:

If you are interested in listening to the radio interview with Pastor Kevin Boling of Knowing the Truth, you can hear it here:
If you are interested in listening to the podcast interview with William Hill of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Confessing our Hope podcast, it can be heard here:

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendar!

I thought it might be good for you to be aware of various events that we are scheduling so that you can both pray for us, and attend if you find yourself in the area. Here are the events on the calendar thus far:
  • Feb. 1-5: Salt Lake City, UT: Northern California Presbytery Meeting & Presentation at Jordan Valley Church.
  • Mar. 6-13: Ligonier Conference, Orlando, FL & Church presentation
  • Mar. 17-19: Midway PCA, Powder Springs, GA: Missions Conference
  • Apr. 17-20: Twin Lakes Fellowship, MS
Mark, Eliana, Raylene & Joelle
About The Casson Family   
Mark Casson   is a husband, father, businessman, author and PCA Ruling Elder who also happens to have spent over 15 years serving a life sentence in California's prison system. He is the Director of Metanoia Prison Ministries and the Director of Prison Ministry for Mission to North America. Mark is a sought-after speaker who has taken the gospel of grace to high schools, college campuses, prisons and churches. He has a passion for mercy ministry to prisoners that is infectious.

His beautiful wife, Raylene has been a school teacher for more than 20 years and has taught in Bolivia, Canada, and the U.S. in both Christian and public schools. Raylene currently works part-time as a reading intervention specialist in Hamilton County, TN. 

They have two precious daughters. Eliana is 8 years old and has played in CA, NY, FL, MT, UT, OR, ID, NV, AZ, NM, TX, OK., TN, SC, HI, WI, GA, SD, WY and MN. She loves her little sister, Joelle, who is 4. Their daddy calls them his beloved rapscallions.